LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge is refusing to block Arkansas students in four districts from transferring to nearby districts pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the Arkansas School Choice Act, which allows such transfers.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey on Wednesday declined to issue temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions sought by the Hope, Camden Fairview, Lafayette County and Junction City school districts.

The decision means a total of 132 students in the four districts will be allowed to transfer for the coming school year.

The districts argue that allowing students to cross district lines to attend schools in districts in which they don't reside will result in "white flight" and put the districts in conflict with federal court-ordered desegregation requirements.